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School of Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics

Director: William H. Hoyt, Ph.D.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Location: Ross Hall 3480
Telephone: 970.351.2559

The goal of the Chemistry program is to provide a high-quality education in chemistry for the following groups of students:

The chemistry faculty is committed to the attainment of this goal and has set excellence in instruction as its highest priority. Relatively small classes and dedicated teachers help accomplish this goal. Students and faculty have the opportunity to know each other very well. This facilitates obtaining help on an individual basis when it is needed for coursework and for program planning.

We are proud of the fact that our undergraduate degree has been approved by the American Chemical Society since 1968 and that our recently revised program was accepted. Individuals who elect to follow the approved program receive certification upon graduation.

Although the Chemistry program has no formal division, the areas of analytical, biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and chemical education are well represented in the backgrounds of our faculty. This enables us to offer a well-balanced program.

Laboratory facilities are available and the experimental aspects of chemistry are included as an integral part of all chemistry emphases. Modern chemical instrumentation is available for student use. Students are taught how to operate these instruments and how to interpret and apply the results.

Access to microcomputers and to terminals of the large campus computers makes use of computers within chemistry courses possible.

Research opportunities are available to chemistry students in all programs. Students can work with faculty who are involved in research selected from the basic areas of chemistry and chemical education.

At the undergraduate level, students are required to work on independent research in their junior and senior years and to present their results in seminars and at the regional and national meetings of the American Chemical Society and the Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Science.

At the graduate level, all degree programs require research. The results of a graduate student's efforts are reported in a written report and may be presented at meetings and submitted for publication.

Chemistry B.S.

B.S./M.S. Degree

Qualifying students may be eligible for a five-year program resulting in a B.S./M.S. degree. Consult your advisor early in your program for details.

Biochemistry Emphasis (ACS Certified)

This program is designed to give students a broad background in chemistry and biology. Students will have the opportunity to work with a faculty member on an independent research project in chemistry. Students receiving this degree can be certified by the American Chemical Society. See advisor for details.

Students graduating with this emphasis will be prepared to pursue graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, environmental health, professional schools (e.g., medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health-related areas) or obtain an entry position within the chemical or biotechnological industry.

Chemistry Emphasis (ACS Certified)

This program is designed to give students a broad background and an in-depth foundation in chemistry. Students will work with a faculty member on an independent research project in chemistry. Students receiving this degree can be certified by the American Chemical Society. See advisor for details.

Students graduating with this emphasis are prepared to pursue graduate study in chemistry, professional schools (e.g., chemical engineering, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health sciences) or an entry-level position with a chemical or petroleum company.

Forensic Science Emphasis

This program is designed to prepare students to enter the field of forensic science by providing them with background courses in chemistry, physics, sociology and criminal justice along with laboratory experiences as research and an internship. Students completing this degree emphasis who wish to pursue graduate study in one of the areas of chemistry may be required to complete additional course work in physical chemistry and/or mathematics and biology depending on the entrance requirements of the specific graduate school.

Industrial Chemistry Emphasis

This emphasis offers training in chemistry, mathematics, physics and a minor area selected by the student. The course of study provides a solid foundation in chemistry and specific background knowledge about the chemical industry.

Students completing this emphasis can pursue a career in the chemical, medical, pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries; or in related government agencies. Career options include supervision, process evaluation, quality control, pilot scale operation, management and sales. Students considering graduate study in chemistry may be required to complete additional coursework in physical chemistry and/or mathematics depending on the entrance requirements of specific graduate schools.

Pre-Health Emphasis

Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Podiatry and Pre-Pharmacy

This program offers training in chemistry, mathematics and physics with a broad base in biological sciences and biochemistry. It provides a solid foundation in chemistry and biological sciences for those students planning to pursue professional studies in dentistry, medicine, optometry, podiatry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine.

Students completing this degree emphasis will meet the prerequisites to the professional schools listed above. Acceptance into these schools is competitive and students should register with and be advised by the pre-health committee in the School of Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics. Students completing this degree emphasis who wish to pursue graduate study in chemistry may be required to complete additional coursework in physical chemistry and/or mathematics depending on the entrance requirements of the specific graduate school.

Secondary Teaching Emphasis (ACS Certified)

This program is designed to prepare students as secondary school chemistry teachers licensed in science by the Colorado Department of Education. In addition to a strong background in chemistry, students will receive training in biological sciences, physics, earth sciences and mathematics. Students receiving this degree can be certified by the American Chemical Society. See advisor for details.

Students graduating with this degree and licensure at the elementary/middle school level could become a teacher or science coordinator at an elementary or middle school. Students graduating with this degree emphasis will be well prepared to teach chemistry and other sciences in junior and senior high school. Students completing this program will be prepared to pursue graduate study in chemical education or science education.

The program will take four-five years to complete depending on high school background and the point in the educational career at which the program is entered.

For degree and program requirements see:

Health Professions (Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Dental, Etc.)

Chemistry: Liberal Arts Minor

Chemistry: Teaching Minor

Chemistry Concentration

Chemistry B.S.

Biochemistry Emphasis (ACS Certified)

Chemistry Emphasis (ACS Certified)

Forensic Science Emphasis

Industrial Chemistry Emphasis

Pre-Health Emphasis

Secondary Teaching Emphasis (ACS Certified)

Chemistry M.S.

Education Emphasis

This Chemistry, M.S. extends and builds upon the knowledge and skills learned at the undergraduate level and, through the science education component, develops skills necessary to become increasingly effective in the chemistry classroom.

Successful completion of this degree will enhance advancement opportunities in the education field and provide a teacher advanced training in content and pedagogy. The degree can also qualify persons to teach at the junior or community college level.

Admission. The student should have completed chemistry courses comparable to those required in the B.S. degree in chemistry including courses in organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry. If these requirements are not met, a candidate may be admitted to the program on a provisional basis.

Research Emphasis

The Chemistry, M.S. extends and builds upon the knowledge and skills learned at the undergraduate level and, through the research component, develops independence in the chemical laboratory and in dealing with the chemical literature. Candidates have the opportunity to work closely with faculty trained in biochemistry and in analytical, inorganic, physical and organic chemistry.

Successful completion of this degree will enhance chances for professional advancement and expand employment opportunities. Further education in a Ph.D. program in chemistry is also a possibility.

Admission. The student should have completed a program equivalent to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (ACS Certified) including courses in organic, inorganic, analytical (quantitative and instrumental analysis) and physical chemistry plus college mathematics through differential and integral calculus and one year of physics.

For degree and program requirements, see:

Chemistry M.S.

Education Emphasis

Research Emphasis

Chemical Education Ph.D.

This program prepares versatile, well-informed chemistry teachers by providing advanced training for chemistry teachers or chemists who wish to pursue educational opportunities beyond the master's degree. Students completing this program are qualified to work in the chemical education field at a variety of levels; such as, science coordinator or supervisor in the secondary school, chemistry instructor at two- and four-year colleges or chemistry educators at a university. At the professional level, program graduates are qualified to do fundamental research in chemical education and to direct chemistry research at the undergraduate level.

Admission. The student should have completed requirements of an ACS-certified baccalaureate degree in chemistry.

Master's en route to the Ph.D. Students who have been admitted to the Ph.D. program in Chemical Education may complete a master's degree in Chemistry en route to completion of the doctoral degree. Requests for a simultaneous master's degree in a discipline other than Chemistry will not be accepted. The student, in collaboration with the student's advisor, will develop a plan of study that includes clearly distinct master's and doctoral requirements. The student must graduate from the master's degree program in a minimum of one semester prior to conferring of the doctoral degree. The maximum time allowed for completion of the doctorate is eight calendar years beginning with the student's first semester of enrollment after admission has been granted.

For degree and program requirements see:

Chemical Education Ph.D.


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